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The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Poetry

Edited by Matt McGuire, Colin Nicholson

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The last three decades have seen unprecedented flourishing of creativity across the Scottish literary landscape, so that contemporary Scottish poetry constitutes an internationally renowned, award-winning body of work. At the heart of this has been the work of poets. As this poetry makes space for its own innovative concerns, it renegotiates the poetic inheritance of preceding generations. At the same time, Scottish poetry continues to be animated by writing from other places.

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Contents

Introduction Feeling Independent, Matt McGuire and Colin Nicholson
1. The Poetics of Devolution, Alan Riach
2. Scottish Women's Poetry since the 1970s, Fiona Wilson
3. Contemporary Poetry in Scots, Tom Hubbard
4. Contemporary Gaelic Poetry, Niall O'Gallagher
5. A Democracy of Voices , Kirsten Matthews
6. Recent Scottish Poetry, Colin Nicholson
7. Edwin Morgan, Matt McGuire and Colin Nicholson
8. Kenneth White and John Burnside, Marco Fazzini
9. Aonghas MacNeacail, Peter McKay
10. Kathleen Jamie, Matt McGuire
11. Kenneth White, Cairns Craig
12. Don Paterson, Alan Gillis
Further Reading

Notes on Contributors
Index.

About the Author

Dr Matt McGuire Convenor (English Major) at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. He has published widely on both Scottish and Irish Literature and he is the author of The Essential Guide to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2008). His work has appeared in the Edinburgh Review, Scottish Studies Review and The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2007).

Colin Nicholson is Professor of Eighteenth-Century and Modern Literature at Edinburgh University where he teaches a course in Modern and Contemporary Scottish Poetry. During the 1990s he edited the British Journal of Canadian Literature, and is the author of Edwin Morgan: Inventions of Modernity (2002), and Fivefathers: Interviews with Late Twentieth-century Scottish Poets (2007).

Reviews

...in its aim to engage students and scholars alike, this collection certainly achieves what it set out to do.
- Eleanor Bell, University of Strathclyde, Scottish Literary Review

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